You’ll never guess what happened on the train home, dear


An incident of an amusing, though rather singular nature, occurred some few days back on the London and South-Western Railway. A gentleman, whose place of residence is near Basingstoke, got into a first-class carriage at the Waterloo terminus with the intention of proceeding home by one of the main line down trains. His only fellow-passengers in the compartment were a lady and infant and another gentleman, and thus things remained till the arrival of the train at Walton, where the other gentleman left the carriage, leaving the first gentleman with the lady and child. Shortly after this the train reached the Weybridge Station, and, on its stopping, the lady, under the pretext of looking for her servant, or carriage, requested her male fellow-passenger to hold the infant for a few moments while she went to search for what she wanted. The bell rang for the starting of the train, and the gentleman thus strangely left with the baby began to get rather fidgety and anxious to return his charge to the mother. The lady, however, did not again put in any appearance, and the train went on without her, the child remaining with the gentleman, who on arriving at his destination took the child home to his wife, and explained the circumstances under which it came into his possession. No application has at present, it is understood, been made for the lost “child,” which has for the nonce been adopted by the gentleman and his wife, who, it is said, are without any family of their own.

The Manchester Weekly Times, Saturday 28 January 1865


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